Now that Jean-Claude Van Damme's demons are under control, he's got his eye on putting his career back on track in a big way.

His action thriller "Knockoff" will open Friday. His period action movie "Legionnaire" is due out soon, and then there's Van Damme's romantic action movie "Inferno."Van Damme, 37, admits he's haunted by his self-destructive battle with cocaine, which he talks about in the Sept. 4 Entertainment Weekly. He says that after a brush with death, he quit "cold turkey."

He's also taking medicine for diagnosed manic-depression. "I don't feel the change (on medication), but I see the difference in me in the people around me," Van Damme said.

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